The Stranger's Child

The Stranger's Child

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The Stranger's Child is Alan Hollinghurst's Sunday Times Novel of the Year.

In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge friend Cecil Valance, a charismatic young poet, to visit his family home. Filled with intimacies and confusions, the weekend will link the families for ever, having the most lasting impact on George's sixteen-year-old sister Daphne.

As the decades pass, Daphne and those around her endure startling changes in fortune and circumstance, reputations rise and fall, secrets are revealed and hidden and the events of that long-ago summer become part of a legendary story, told and interpreted in different ways by successive generations.

Powerful, absorbing and richly comic, The Stranger's Child is a masterly exploration of English culture, taste and attitudes over a century of change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 35mm | 393g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0330483277
  • 9780330483278
  • 98,757

Review Text

With The Stranger's Child, an already remarkable talent unfurls into something spectacular. Sunday Times
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Magnificent . . . universally acclaimed as the best novel of the year. -- Philip Hensher I would compare the novel to Middlemarch . . . a remarkable, unmissable achievement. * Independent * With The Stranger's Child, an already remarkable talent unfurls into something spectacular. * Sunday Times *
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About Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst is the author of several novels including The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star, The Spell and The Line of Beauty. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction and the 2004 Man Booker Prize. He lives in London.
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Rating details

10,434 ratings
3.32 out of 5 stars
5 16% (1,630)
4 31% (3,221)
3 31% (3,234)
2 15% (1,561)
1 8% (788)
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